Achieving the goal of equal participation of women and men, a 50/50 participation rate is generally considered as the parity objective.
See also: parity
Additional notes and information
A minimum participation rate of 40 % for both women and men is considered by the Council of Europe as the parity threshold.
(1) Council of Europe (2003) Recommendation REC(2003) on balanced participation of women and men in political and public life;
(2) Council of Europe (2007). Recommendation CM/REC (2007)17 of the Committee of Ministers on gender equality standards and mechanisms;
(3) European Parliament (2012). Report on Women in Political Decision-Making – Quality And Equality (2011/2295(INI)).